Liverpool Sign Centre-Back Ben Davies

Stephen Killen
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Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Ben Davies from Championship side Preston North End on a long-term deal.

He signs for the Premier League Champions for £1.6million.

Liverpool pay £500,000 up front with the rest being add-ons, there is a 20% sell on clause included too.

Reds youngster Sepp van den Berg will go the other way and see out the rest of the season on loan at Deepdale.

After all the medical checks returned no doubts for the Reds, he is in contention for Manchester City on Sunday.

However, he will face stiff competition from Nat Phillips who put in a terrific performance against West Ham United.

Davies’ last appearance for the Lillywhites was in a 1-0 defeat to Hillsborough,

The 25-year-old looks to be the answer to Liverpool’s defensive problems with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip sidelined through injury.

Celtic were strong favourites to sign the defender but it appears the Reds have stole it from under the Bhoys nose.

The signing ends a transfer saga that has intensified over the last three days since Joel Matip limped off during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Spurs.

Prior to the Cameroon international’s injury, Fabinho suffered a “minor muscle” injury which forced to miss the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium completely.

Following that double blow to Liverpool’s defensive ranks, it saw a flurry of names linked with a switch to Anfield.

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Including West Ham’s Issa Diop, out-of-favour Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi and New York Red Bulls Aaron Long.

He has played 19 times this season for Alex Neil’s side and has been a North End player since 2013, making 145 senior appearances in Lancashire.

During his career, he has enjoyed a number of loan spells in the North West including Tranmere, Southport and Fleetwood as well as spells with Newport County and York City.

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